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A Systematic Review of Construction and Demolition Waste Management in Australia: Current Practices and Challenges

School of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
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Recycling 2021, 6(2), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling6020034
Received: 23 April 2021 / Revised: 18 May 2021 / Accepted: 20 May 2021 / Published: 21 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Using Circular Economy Principles to Manage Construction Waste)
Construction and demolition waste (C&DW) has a deleterious impacts on sustainability not only in developing countries but also in developed nations. For example, Australia generated more than 27 million tonnes of C&DW in 2018–2019; however, only 60% of this waste stream was recovered. Considering this low recovery rate, lower than many developed nations, and with regards to the increasing rate of C&DW generation, extra attention should be given to the construction and demolition waste management (C&DWM) in Australia. Therefore, this research attempts to accurately understand the current practices and challenges of C&DWM in Australia. To do so, primarily, a systematic review of studies relevant to C&DWM from 2010 to 2021 was performed. In this step, 26 research documents were meticulously analysed to identify the current practices of C&DWM in Australia. Then, an in-depth interview with three experts were undertaken to verify the major results and to investigate the challenges of C&DWM in Australia. The results indicated that three factors significantly affect C&DWM in Australia, namely attitudes and behaviour of C&DWM stakeholders, C&DWM in project life cycles, and C&DWM regulations with regards to sustainability, adding that the latter was revealed as the most effective in C&DWM in Australia. View Full-Text
Keywords: construction and demolition waste management; systematic review; attitudes and behaviour of C&DWM stakeholders; C&DWM regulations with regards to sustainability; C&DWM in project life cycles; Australia construction and demolition waste management; systematic review; attitudes and behaviour of C&DWM stakeholders; C&DWM regulations with regards to sustainability; C&DWM in project life cycles; Australia
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Kabirifar, K.; Mojtahedi, M.; Wang, C.C. A Systematic Review of Construction and Demolition Waste Management in Australia: Current Practices and Challenges. Recycling 2021, 6, 34. https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling6020034

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Kabirifar K, Mojtahedi M, Wang CC. A Systematic Review of Construction and Demolition Waste Management in Australia: Current Practices and Challenges. Recycling. 2021; 6(2):34. https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling6020034

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Kabirifar, Kamyar, Mohammad Mojtahedi, and Cynthia C. Wang 2021. "A Systematic Review of Construction and Demolition Waste Management in Australia: Current Practices and Challenges" Recycling 6, no. 2: 34. https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling6020034

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